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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Have Your Cake & Smash It Too

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 6, 2017
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Welcome to the new normal. We at AFC have noticed a decline in artistic output from Brooklyn’s DIY scene as of late, while commercial galleries and institutions in Manhattan (and a few in Queens) have been gearing-up for battle mode with politically-charged programming. We’re hoping this is because everyone in Brooklyn is too busy thinking about resistance, and not because they’ve fled the country.

Tuesday night, The New School is hosting a talk about female bodies online, and Wednesday, the New Museum is opening a massive Raymond Pettibon show. After checking it out, head down the block to ICP, where curators will be discussing the loaded Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change. More talks will come Thursday, such as the Brooklyn Museum’s call to defend immigrants and the Flux Factory/ABC No Rio potluck/opening/discussion about artists’ mutual aid in times like these. Friday night, take a break from political angst to get lost in the dreamy paintings of Jordan Kasey at Nicelle Beauchene, or the likely dreamier office set E.S.P. TV has staged at Pioneer Works. The weekend brings more great art and opportunities for creative resistance: be sure to check out the Queens Museum’s event to build climate change resistance coalitions between artists and activists.

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FOX News Attempted to Troll Me at ABMB

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 11, 2015
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Last week, FOX News personality Jesse Watters visited Art Basel Miami Beach to troll the art world. The segment aired last night, after heavy redaction and blooper clips being used as filler. This is how I remember our conversation transpiring.

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Today, Miriam Simun Lets Us Taste the Future and it’s Gross (Mostly)

by Michael Anthony Farley on November 4, 2015
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Today, Miriam Simun’s GhostFood will be offering viewers a chance to smell the future at Baltimore’s Lexington Market. The project is presented by The Contemporary and imagines a future where we’ll have to eat imitations of climate-endangered foods.

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GIF of the Day: The Most Important GIF ever Tweeted

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 31, 2015

Over the weekend, Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center tweeted the above GIF, along with the text:

“Historic central/eastern Pacific outbreak- 3 major hurricanes at once for the first time on record!  

Yes, over the weekend the Pacific Ocean saw three category four hurricanes for the first time since humans began recording the weather. This almost definitely has something to do with the fact that we’re experiencing one of the hottest El Niño warming cycles due to climate change.

Even for those of us who don’t live in the middle of the plastic-filled Pacific Ocean, this is indicative of a very bad trend. After the UK suffered a winter of extreme flooding and persistent storms, a government report found a link between an increasingly hot and wet Pacific and changes to the global jet stream. That same destabilization of the planet’s ocean/wind currents has been blamed for the awful “polar vortex” that made pretty much all of us on the East Coast hate winter even more than usual.

In short, the Pacific Ocean is much warmer than it should be. So much so, that maybe people will actually be tempted to go in the water at the beach in LA.

Come on, humanity. Get it together.

This year, while you’re biting your tongue over the holidays when some crazy rural relative is denying climate change, don’t. Explain the ancient proverb “don’t shit where you eat” calmly and how that applies on the scale of the chemical composition of the atmosphere of the one planet we’re all stuck on together. Because we’re already way past the point of terrifying, as the GIF above illustrates.

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